CDS (I) and (II) Exam

Combined Defence Services (I) and (II) Exam

CDS (I) and (II) Examination Pattern

CDS (I) & (II) Scheme of Examination:

 The competitive examination comprises:

(a) Written examination.

(b) Interview for intelligence and personality test (vide Part ‘B’ of this Appendix) of such candidates as may be called for an interview at one of the Services Selection Centres.

The subjects of the written examination, the time allowed and the maximum marks allotted to each subject will be as follows:

1. Written Examination:

Category/Post Subject Date Duration Maximum Marks

CDS Examination (II) 2019

For Admissions To Indian Military Academy,
Indian Naval Academy and Air Force Academy
English 08-09-2019 (Sunday) 2 Hrs 100
General Knowledge 2 Hrs 100
Elementary Mathematics 2 Hrs 100
Total 300
For Admissions To Officers' Training Academy English 08-09-2019 (Sunday) 2 Hrs 100
General Knowledge 2 Hrs 100
Total 200

CDS Examination (I) 2019

For Admissions To Indian Military Academy,
Indian Naval Academy and Air Force Academy
English 03-02-2019 (Sunday) 2 Hrs 100
General Knowledge 2 Hrs 100
Elementary Mathematics 2 Hrs 100
Total 300
For Admissions To Officers' Training Academy English 03-02-2019 (Sunday) 2 Hrs 100
General Knowledge 2 Hrs 100
Total 200

Note:

  • Maximum marks allotted to the written exam and to the interviews will be equal for each course i.e. the maximum marks allotted to the written exam and to the interviews will be 300, 300, 300 and 200 each for admission to the Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy, Air Force Academy and Officers’ Training Academy respectively
  • The papers in all the subjects will consist of objective type questions only. The question papers (Test Booklets) of General Knowledge and Elementary Mathematics will be set bilingually in Hindi as well as English
  • In the question papers, wherever necessary, questions involving the metric system of Weights and Measures only will be set
  • The candidates are not permitted to use a calculator for answering objective type papers (Test Booklets). They should not, therefore, bring the same inside the Examination Hall.

2. Intelligence & Personality Test:

The SSB procedure consists of the two-stage Selection process - stage I and stage II. Only those candidates who clear the stage I are permitted to appear for stage II. The details are:

(a) Stage I comprises of Officer Intelligence Rating (OIR) tests are Picture Perception* Description Test (PP&DT). The candidates will be shortlisted based on a combination of performance in OIR Test and PP&DT.

(b) Stage II Comprises of Interview, Group Testing Officer Tasks, Psychology Tests and the Conference. These tests are conducted over 4 days. The details of these tests are given on the website www.joinindianarmy.nic.in

The personality of a candidate is assessed by three different assessors viz. The Interviewing Officer (IO), Group Testing Officer (GTO) and the Psychologist. There are no separate weightage for each test.

The marks are allotted by assessors only after taking into consideration the performance of the candidate holistically in all the test. In addition, marks for Conference are also allotted based on the initial performance of the Candidate in the three techniques and decision of the Board. All these have equal weightage.

The various tests of IO, GTO and Psych are designed to bring out the presence/absence of Officer Like Qualities and their trainability in a candidate. Accordingly, candidates are Recommended or Not Recommended at the SSB.

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